I’m not even close to being finished with anything, so here’s what I’m working on. The first three have already made an appearance in a previous WIP post (which tells you how much knitting I’m not getting done lately).
Los Monos Locos – yup, it’s my fourth pair of toe-up Monkeys. This yarn is Seacoast Handpainted Panda (60% merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon) in colorway “Afterglow”. It’s nice and squishy. I’m maybe two gusset increase rows away from turning the heels, which will probably happen tomorrow after work.
Vanilla socks. This yarn is Purple Goddess Design Stuff a Sock In It (80% merino 20% nylon) in colorway “Concrete Jungle”. I knit more on these after I took the photo and I’m about a stripe away from the heels. I think I’m going to do a Fish Lips Kiss heel with the other end of each ball, because I don’t really care if they totally match but I’d like to not mess up the stripe sequence.
Here’s Puntilla, knit in Briar Rose Fibers Sea Pearl in the color 105. Here I’m knitting the sleeves two-at-a-time, which is why the photo doesn’t really show much. Before I started knitting this I thought of this yarn as gray with green in it, but now I’m thinking it’s green with gray in it. Regardless, I still haven’t figured out what yarn I’ll knit the lace trim from, and I’m totally prepared to start my next sweater while I figure it out.
Now for the things I started because I was tired of everything else I’m knittng. First up is Sheherazade Beaded Lace Shawl, in madelinetosh pure silk lace, colorway “Duchess”. I’ve finished the setup chart and one repeat of the body charts. I’m using 8/0 Matsuno Dyna-mites beads in silver-lined clear. I bought a bunch of beads to try with this (because I don’t have a large stash of 8/0 beads, they’re mostly 6/0 and some 5/0 triangles and cubes for those lovely Boo Knits shawls). I got a mix of Miyukis and Matsunos and decided on these. The Miyuki beads are super regular but they are more… cylinder shaped? Like someone cut tiny slices off a tube. They’re a little taller than these beads and I really wanted something delicate for this. I actually also got some 11/0 beads but that was just craziness – they are way too small for this yarn.
Hey speaking of! I am IN LOVE with this macro image I took of this shawl. I got this macro lens (not an affiliate link) off Amazon on Prime Day and it is THE SHIT. I already have a fancier (probably better quality) macro lens to clip on my phone but it doesn’t fit anything but a bare phone (it even broke the glass screen protector I had on it). THIS one is EIGHT BUCKS and it clips on to EVERY PHONE and I don’t have to take my case off to use it! I HIGHLY recommend it.
And last but not least, here’s Blooming Shawl in Knit Picks Luminance, color Brilliance. Generally I’m kind of “meh” about Knit Picks yarn aside from Felici and Hawthorne, but hello, 50g of pure silk laceweight for 10.99? Sign me the fuck up. I’ve just finished knitting the first diamond lace setup chart.
And a small housekeeping note: I’ve moved my blog from blogspot to WordPress. My LinkedIn account (WHY do I still have that) was one of the ones whose credentials were stolen a while ago, and I forgot I even had a WordPress account until they emailed to say “hey quit using the same password everywhere dumbass your WordPress account has the same password as your LinkedIn account come change it pls”. I’ll probably keep making small tweaks but I’m pretty happy with the design (especially that thingy that picks a random header image, woo!).